Mike Meyers in GQ June 2014: This is the "Happiest Time of My Life"
While he was a media mainstay in the 1990s and 2000s, Mike Myers has seen fit to fly beneath the radar these days.
And in the June 2014 issue of GQ magazine, the “So I Married An Axe Murderer” star explained his recent absence from the limelight.
Meyers shared, “Every time I make a movie, it’s usually three or four years between. I write most of what I do and create most of what I do. On top of that, I also love to take time off. And two and a half years ago I had my first child, and I really wanted to be present for that, I wanted to just take it in. And it’s just been… I mean, it’s the happiest time of my life. I had no idea. I’m going to sound corny—so, corn alert—but I didn’t know there was that much love in me, to be honest.”
He also had some interesting insights on fame- “I call fame ‘the industrial disease of creativity.’ And it is. Fame can be so toxic that it has reproductive harm. An artist’s duty is to be misunderstood, that’s for sure. It has been weird to see things written about you that have absolutely no basis in reality. That part of it has been odd. Mostly the exposure that comes with fame is like putting your penis on the table and having everybody saying, ‘That looks like a penis, only smaller.’ ”
Additionally, Mike weighed in on what it was like standing next to Kanye West during the Hurricane Katrina telethon when he blurted out, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”
“But for me, it isn’t about the look of embarrassment on my face, it is truly about the injustice that was happening in New Orleans. To have the emphasis on the look on my face versus the fact that somebody spoke truth to power at a time when somebody needed to speak? I’m, like, super proud to have been next to him.”